Protein reduction is the best way to slow aging and chronic diseases.

The best drug to reduce to slow aging and the chronic diseases associated with it is already available. 

Paraphrased from

The best drug is to avoid high protein.

So what’s high?  Certainly above 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass is probably high. It is less for diabetics, please see that recommendation the link

A high protein intake has endocrine effects such as it increases insulin, increases IGF (insulin-like growth factor). These hormones increase the rate of aging.

When you use protein as a fuel, your body takes off the excess nitrogen, and then you have to do something with it. Because, it’s a poison. If you take too much, it causes acidosis in the blood. It appears to accelerate the MTOR pathway and has all kinds of debilitating effect, not the least of which is stimulating cancer.

How Do I Calculate my “lean body mass”?

First you calculate your body fat.

You just need a measuring tape and to fill in this link

Using my measurements when I started the Ketogenic Diet, my fat body fat percentage was 25.6%.

To find the lean body mass, multiply that body fat percentage by your total weight. In my example, it was 124 pounds times 25.6% which is 31.7 pounds.

Subtract that weight from your total weight. In my case 124 – 31.7 = 92.3

Then convert that lean body mass weight to Kilograms by dividing by 2.2.

In my case it is 92.3 lbs/2.2 = 42 Kilograms.

Since the recommended intake is 1 gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass, my daily intake of proteins should be 42 grams.

On days of heavy exercise my daily intake of proteins should be increased by 25% or 53 grams.

So what’s left to eat?

Fat. Eat fat.

Our health is going to be dependent on what our hormones tell our brains to do, whether to be hungry or not.

You have to regulate the hormones that regulate your brain, and you do this by diet, and then you can affect the rate of aging and the incidence of the diseases associated with aging.

Here is a link to Dr. Rosedale’s book

To help you, I attach a snapshot of the foods in a Ketogenic Diet and an overview of types of fat. The healthy fats are in red.

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Comparing common diets: Ketogenic, Paleo, Mediterranean Diets

Today my focus is to understand the difference between the common diets.
Please see the Ketogenic vs. Paleo diagram. You will see that the Paleo and the Ketogenic diets are below the 30 grams of carbohydrate level.Health - Ketogenic vs. Paleo per Dr. Jeff Volek
Dr. Tennant* recommends the Mediterranean Diet without the grains and the dairy. Please see the Mediterranean Diet brochure. You may notice that he removes grains from the diet. In my opinion, this could also bring the carbohydrate levels to below 30 grams as well. 
 Health - Diet - Mediterranean Diet brochure from Dr. Tennant-2
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Dr. Tennant has been acknowledged by his peers by awarding him the following:

    AMA:  American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award

    Philip Corboy Award for contributions to ophthalmology

    Hawaiian Eye Society Award for Excellence

    Pope Benedict:  Order of Saint Sylvester Award for Contributions to Medicine

    Microcurrent Society:  Lifetime Achievement Award

    Top 20 Alternative Doctors in America

    Newsmax Health’s Top 100 Physicians Who Embrace Integrative Medicine

    The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine:  Lifetime Achievement Award

    World Academy of Neural Therapy According To Huneke:  Scientific Excellence Award

    And others

For me, Mediterranean Diet is like the Ketogenic Diet without the ratio of proteins, fat and carbohydrates to consume daily. Please see the Keto Pyramid.
It seems to me that consuming high fiber vegetables is an excellent way to replace grains.
My intention here is for you to have the opportunity to present this information to your doctor if you so wish.
I hope this has been helpful as you go on your journey to improved health.
I am not a doctor, so I attach this Disclaimer: The content of this email is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.
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I wanted a slimmer body. I needed a way to measure the changes.

I used two different ways. Choose whichever works best for you.

1. Measurements and Body Fat Percentage:
The easiest method I found is entering my measurements into the Body Fat Calculator:
*Easier still is just how your clothes fit!

2. Scales:
If you want accuracy, one of the most reliable ways of measuring body fat is using the EatSmart scale. It displays your body fat and muscle percentage as well as total weight.

Buy in Canada at:

Buy it in the USA at:


What is my Ideal Body Fat. Please see the charts from the EatSmart manual.

The bottom line for me, is whatever percentage feels best for you.

I lost 6 inches and 1.5% of body fat and I only lost 4 pounds! I did it with the Ketogenic Diet! It will work for you too.

I hope this has been helpful as you go on your body shaping journey.

Wheat Makes You Fat In Three Ways

Wheat Makes You Fat In Three Ways
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I know we love our bread, but did you know….
There are three major hidden reasons that wheat products, not just gluten is a major contributor to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression and so many other modern ills.
Today’s wheat products is made from a scientifically engineered food product developed in the last 50 years. It is different in three important ways that all drive obesity and more.

  1. It contains a Super Starch — amylopectin A that is super fattening. (It fluffs up Bread and Cinnabons).
  2. It contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt and oats.
  3. It contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more.
    • Bottom line: wheat is an addictive appetite stimulant.
A major study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that hidden gluten sensitivity (elevated antibodies without full-blown celiac disease) was shown to increase risk of death by 35 to 75 percent, mostly by causing heart disease and cancer. 
How Eating gluten causes inflammation, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
  • Most of the increased risk occurs when gluten triggers inflammation that damages the gut lining.
  • Then all the bugs and partially-digested food particles inside your intestine get across the gut barrier and are exposed your immune system.
  • Your immune system starts attacking these foreign proteins, leading to systemic inflammation that then causes heart disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes and more.
As always, I am interested in your thoughts on the topics I blog.  Please send me your comments. Is there any topic that I can research for you? Please let me know. 
May you Live Long Healthy,
Yours Truly,
Lydia Polstra

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The KetoDiet approach is simple: It’s a low-carb diet where the focus is on eating real food.

Diet - Ketogenic Diet Benefits


The Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. It’s a diet that causes ketones to be produced by the liver, shifting the body’s metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization. The ketogenic diet is an effective weight loss tool and has been shown to improve several health conditions such Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and even cancer. Healthy cells can use ketones for energy, but cancer cells cannot and they literally starve to death.


Based on a comparison of several scientific trials, low-carb diets outperform calorie-restricted diets in terms of long-term weight loss and health effects.

Recent studies show that in fact, carbs before or after exercise are not needed once you get keto-adapted and your body will happily run on ketones. This has been well explained in Dr Volek’s and Phinney’s book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. (A must read for muscle building.)

When you follow the ketogenic diet, it is critical that you get the macronutrient ratio right. Ideally, you should be eating:

  • 5-10% of calories from carbs (net carbs). Typically, 20-30 grams of net carbs is recommended to start with.
  • 15-30% of calories from protein ** and
  • 60-75% of calories from fat. If your goal is to lose weight, your fat intake might even go below 60%. Fat is used as a “filler” and should make up the remaining calories.

** Dr. Rosendale warns against too much protein in his writings found here

Dr. Rosendale recommends 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass. For example, at 20% body fat and a total weight of 54.5 kilograms, my daily protein should not exceed 54.5 x .80 = 44 grams. Replace the protein with fat calories up to your daily intake up to your Total Daily Calorie in take.

The KetoDiet App displays both percentages and grams.



CANCER: Preventing and Curing Cancer.

Yes, you can prevent cancer and cure cancer if you already have it.

People are only getting a fraction of the information that could make a difference in their ability to survive cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Please watch this video featuring one of the leading scientific researchers, Dr. Russell Blaylock to learn more.

Which Fats Do I Use To Replace Vegetable Oils?

 The best fats are low in Polyunsaturated Fats (blue) and high in either Monounsaturated (yellow) or Saturated Fats (red).
I use coconut oil in my cooking or heating meals. Butter is wonderful in baking. Olive oil is fantastic on salads.
My daily eating plan includes both coconut oil and olive oil.  That way I get both of the healthy fats: Monounsaturated and Saturated fats.

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Where did I get the chart? I got it from Dr. Phinney in his presentation:   ‘Recent Developments in LCHF and Nutritional Ketosis’
STEPHEN PHINNEY a physician scientist who has spent 35 years studying diet, exercise, fatty acids, and inflammation.  He has held academic positions at the Universities of Vermont, Minnesota, and California at Davis; and leadership positions at Monsanto, Galileo Laboratories, and Efficas.  He received his MD from Stanford University, PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, and did post-doctoral research at Harvard.

He has designed, completed, and published data from more than 20 clinical protocols involving foods, diets, exercise, oxidative stress, and inflammation.  His recent work in the private sector has resulted in several issued and pending patents.  He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on a wide variety of topics, including the effects of diets and specific nutrients on inflammation, the interaction between diet and exercise and their effects on obesity, body composition, physical performance, and cellular membrane structure.

Dr. Phinney’s clinical experience includes 20 years of inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition, including directing multidisciplinary weight management programs in 3 locations.  As an internationally recognized expert in obesity, carbohydrate-restricted diets, diet and performance, and essential fatty acid metabolism, he has given hundreds of presentations to industry, health care professional, and lay audiences.

In collaboration with Dr. Eric Westman and Dr. Jeff Volek, he co-authored the New York Times Best Selling “The New Atkins for a New You” published in March 2010.

I highly recommend this book.
Please consider changing the fats you consume. Eating the the right fuel is a good habit to get in.